Woman sentenced in DUI crash

2010-04-27T13:34:00Z Woman sentenced in DUI crashGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
April 27, 2010 1:34 pm  • 

A woman who caused a two-vehicle crash while driving drunk was sentenced Tuesday in District Court.

Judge Russell Fagg sentenced Marlene Rae Red Crow to six years with the state Department of Corrections, with four years suspended, for felony criminal endangerment. Red Crow received concurrent jail sentences for misdemeanor DUI and driving without a valid license. She was also ordered to pay a $3,000 fine and $7,500 in restitution.

Red Crow, 47, was charged for a crash Dec. 8, 2007, at the intersection of South 37th Street and Third Avenue South. Prosecutors said Red Crow’s vehicle entered the intersection illegally and at high speed when it hit another vehicle. A breath test showed the woman had a blood-alcohol content of 0.136 percent, above the state legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Red Crow admitted to the felony charge in a plea agreement that called for the dismissal of a misdemeanor charge. Prosecutors also agreed to amend a felony DUI charge to a misdemeanor after determining that a prior conviction in 1994 should have been erased from her record.

Red Crow declined to make a statement before she was sentenced. Fagg rejected a request from her public defender for a deferred sentence, saying Red Crow has an extensive history of misdemeanor convictions, including theft, reckless driving and driving without a valid license and insurance.

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